Acer Next, the company’s May announcement event, dropped a slew of products on us — mostly a series of refreshes. We’ve seen updates to current models including the Spin 5, Swift 3 and Predator gaming laptops with current-generation processors and some design tweaks. One move in particular stands out, however: Acer is expanding its SpatialLabs technology to bring glasses-free stereoscopic 3D to games. It will do this with a 15-inch 4K display, which will be offered as a standalone monitor and built into one of its Predator Helios 300 gaming laptops.
SpatialLabs was launched at May Acer Next last year in conjunction with new hardware in Acer’s Concept D line of equipment aimed at creators and the Unreal engine developer program. So, new games supporting the technology. “Support” means that the developer has created a profile for the game, which loads when you launch it through the new TrueGame application, along with the ancillary files necessary to render the display correctly. A companion app, SpatialLabs Go, allows the computer to render stereoscopic 3D from most content that can be displayed on a full screen. The content is rendered to give the impression that closer parts of the scene appear in front of the display (rather than rendering as if there were other objects behind it, as the diagram above suggests).
Acer says more than 50 games will support the display, called Acer SpatialLabs View, when it’s available this summer starting at $1,099. New games will be added to the roster on a regular basis. It doesn’t seem like a display you’d want for fast-moving games, given its 60Hz refresh rate and response time of up to a whopping 30ms. (For comparison, a reasonable response time for a gaming monitor is closer to 5ms or less.) A commercial version of the monitor, the SpatialLabs View Pro, will be intended for kiosks and other sales and marketing uses.
The monitor can run off battery, but we don’t know how long. The battery explains why it’s quite heavy – at about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilograms), it weighs as much as a laptop. Other specifications include a maximum brightness of 400 nits, 323 nits normally, and 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB gamut.
You will find the screen in the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition, which gets a bump up as well as a maximum of CPU Intel Core i9-12900H, 32GB DDR5-4800 and PCIe 4 SSD. It is scheduled to launch in October starting at $3,400.
Acer has also added a 16-inch model to its Predator Triton 300 SE line, and updates the thin-ish 14-inch model with 12th gen Intel Core processors, LPDDR5-5200 RAM, PCIe 4 SSD and new display options, including OLED. The smaller model ships in July starting at $1,600, and the 16-inch model will be available in August, starting at $1,750.
The company has also refreshed its gaming monitors, bringing the 27-inch XB273 up to 4K at 160Hz with DisplayHDR 600 certification and the Nitro XV272 up to 1440p 144Hz (overclocked to 170Hz on DisplayPort) with a peak brightness of 400 nits. Both are expected to launch between July and September, with the Predator starting at $999 and the Nitro at $449.
Acer’s environmentally friendly product line it gets some new members, adding a 14-inch laptop with a Full HD screen and a new blue option to the existing one Aspire Vero A 15-inch option, both hitting 12th gen Intel Core processors. The 24-inch Vero Veriton All-in-One desktop, 24- and 27-inch monitor (the larger model has a KVM switch and supports power delivery), keyboard and projector join the line, expanding Acer’s use of post-consumer recycling. plastic with a wider variety of products.
The Veriton desktop incorporates 30% PCR materials, and some components are upgradable. It has a pop-up webcam, up to 12th-gen Core i9 and GeForce MX550 processors, supports memory up to 64GB DDR4 and takes advantage of some of the Intel chipset updates, such as Wi-Fi 6E.
For low-end projection, the Vero PD2325W offers a low 1,280 × 800-pixel resolution and a low light output of 2,200 lumens. It has automatic keystone correction (to fix vertical distortion) and can be mounted on the ceiling.
- Acer Aspire Vero 14-inch laptop (AV14-51) ships in September starting at $750
- Acer Aspire Vero 15-inch laptop (AV15-52) ships in September starting at $750
- Acer Veriton Vero (VVZ4694G) AIO desktop ships in October starting at $799
- Acer Vero monitors ship in Q3 2022. The 27-inch CB273 starts at $350; the 24-inch B247Y G starts at $200.
- Acer Vero PD2325W projector ships in Q3 2022 starting at $559
- Acer Vero keyboard and mouse sets ships in November starting at $80; the mouse alone will cost $30.
Spin and Swift and many more
There is a new version of the Swift 3 with a 2,880 x 1,800-pixel OLED display (Certified DisplayHDR True Black 500) and upgrades to an H-series 12th-gen Core i7 processor – that is the higher power CPU line – and upgrades to LPDDR5 Memory and PCIe 4 SSD.
In addition to a small redesign with much more attractive and thinner bezels on the screen, the Spin 5’s 14-inch display gets a small boost in resolution to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. It also works with the upgraded Acer Active Stylus (Wacom AES 2.0), and gets bumped to the latest generation of core processors, LPDDR5 memory, PCIe 4 SSD, Wi-Fi 6E and more. The Spin 3’s bezels are also slightly narrower and now also use Intel 12th-gen CPUs.
- Acer Swift 3 OLED laptop (SF314-71) ships in July starting at $900
- Acer Spin 5 (SP514-51N) convertible laptop ships in July starting at $1,350
- Turn 3 convertible laptop (SP314-55/N) ships in August starting at $850
Acer also updated the screen and components of the $750 Chromebook Spin 714 to keep it fresh and competitive, and launched a rugged tablet, the $400 Chromebook Tab 510. The 10.1-inch tablet is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform, with a 1,920×1 Screen ,00-pixel, 5- and 8-megapixel MIPI cameras (front and back) and includes a dock style. Acer claims 11 hours of battery life and says it meets MIL-STD 810H standards for durability. The Chromebook Spin 714 ships in August and the Tab will be available in July.
The company’s lightweight business laptops, the TravelMate P4 and TravelMate Spin P4 and the larger workhorse P2, jump to the vPro versions of their 12th-gen CPUs as well as AMD’s Ryzen Pro (up to Ryzen 7) equivalents; you’ll have both 14- and 16-inch options for the P4. The P4 and P2 incorporate more PCR plastic into their construction.
All will be available in the third quarter of 2022. The P4 models start at $1,099, the Spin P4s at $1,199, and the Spin P2 at $899.
And finally, Acer expanded its Concept D 5 and 5 Pro laptops and Concept D 500 and 100 desktops with the latest generation Intel Core CPUs and Nvidia RTX GPUs. The Concept D 100 still uses compact, entry-level, last-generation T-series GPUs, however, and neither has been ported to DDR5. And it looks like only the D 5 will be available in the US, at least for now; it launches in August starting at $2,500.